“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” – John Lubbock
We have all heard of Pedagogy (the method and practice of teaching) and Andragogy (the method and practice of teaching adult learners) but what is Heutagogy? Heutagogy is the method and practice of self-determined learning. In this approach the learner is the center of their own learning by determining what they want to learn and how they want to learn it.
Many educators think that Personalized Learning (student driven learning) and Heutagogy are the same thing. They have many similarities but also many differences that I have illustrated in the chart below. The biggest difference is that with a Heutagogy approach the learner determines what they want to learn; it is not determined by curriculum or standards.
An example of Heutagogy approach that could be done in the classroom would be Genius Hour. The student determines what they want to learn and how they want to learn about it. The curriculum or pacing guid does not determine the outcome.
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